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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 3A
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 3A
Ford CEO will stay
Alan Mulally is staying at Ford.
The CEO, who was rumored to be
in the running to become Micro-
soft's next leader, told The Associ-
ated Press Tuesday that he won't
leave the Dearborn, Mich., auto-
maker before the end of 2014."1
would like to end the Microsoft
speculation because I have no
other plans to do anything other
than serve Ford," Mulally said in
When asked if this should end
investor concern about his depar-
ture, Mulally said, "You don't
have to worry about me leaving."
Mulally wouldn't say if he had
talked to Microsoft about becom-
ing CEO. But he said the specula-
tion was a distraction for Ford.
has saved 8M lives
Anti-smoking measures have
saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives
since a landmark 1964 report
linking smoking and disease, a
study estimates, yet the nation's
top disease detective says dozens
of other countries do a better/job
on several efforts to cut tobacco
The study and comments were
published online Tuesday in the
Journal of the American Medi-
cal Association. This week's
issue commemorates the 50th
anniversary of the surgeon gen-
eral report credited with rais-
ing alarms about the dangers of
In one study, researchers used
national health surveys and death
rates to calculate how many
deaths might have occurred since
1964 if Americans' smoking hab-
its and related deaths had contin-
ued at a pace in place before the
Deadline for new
Funding for implementing the
new health care law and other
stickingpoints remain, but nego-
tiators reported significant prog-
ress Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion
spending bill to fund the govern-
ment through September.
"We are looking at narrow-
ing the differences, looking at
how we can compromise without
capitulation on both sides," said
Senate Appropriations Commit-
tee Chairwoman Barhara Mikul-
After a meeting of the four
principal negotiators - the top
Democrats and Republicans on
the House and Senate Appropria-
tions committees - Mikulski was
cautiously optimistic of reaching
agreement on the massive bill
later this week in hopes of a vote
Four killed in U.S.
A U.S. Air Force Pave Hawk
helicopter crashed in the coastal
marshes of eastern England dur-
ing a training mission on Tues-
day night, killing all four crew
members aboard, officials said.
The helicopter crashed at
about 6 p.m. local time near
Salthouse on the Norfolk coast,
a statement from the U.S. Air
Force said. The aircraft was
based at the nearby Royal Air
Force station in Lakenheath,
Suffolk County, which hosts
USAF units and personnel.
Emergency workers from the
fire brigade, coast guard and
police are at the scene. Police in
Norfolk County said they believe
there is ammunition onboard
the helicopter, and the scene
was cordoned off so that experts
could ensure the area is safe.
Apart from the crew, nobody was
put in any danger, police said.
Daily wire reports
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ering her belongings.
Although she is staying on
Central Campus Tuesday night,
Tavrazich must stay on North
Campus Wednesday while her
room is cleaned. She said the sit-
uation was a "bit of aspain," and
hopes her belongings are intact.
"I realize they couldn't really
control the problem because of
the weather, but it's just really
inconvenient," she said. "My
mom has to come and drop off
my things and I have to find
another place to stay."
AU BON PAIN
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This Friday, Au Bon Pain will
host a UMix Late Night event.
Pile said Au Bon Pain fits the
needs of students with its variety
of dietary options. A nutrition
facts kiosk in the restaurant lists
the full nutritional and allergy
information of each menu item.
The fast casual restaurant has
over 200 restaurants across the
United States and internation-
ally. The restaurant focuses on
healthy fare at budget-friendly
prices, general manager Tony
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the council asking for
increased shelter both at night
and during the day. Many speak-
ers specifically requested the
opening of the currently vacant
building at 721 Main St.
However, the building in
question is not up to code and
could be dangerous for people
staying there. It poses a liability
for the city and is not likely to be
utilized, even as shelter, accord-
ing to councilman Jack Eaton (D
- Ward 4).
"There has been an ongoing
public dialogue over why we
would allow empty buildings
like that," Eaton said."You have
people out in this kind of weath-
er, and you have empty build-
ings, and it's not hard to draw
that connection, and it's just that
there's all those details."
Mary Jo Callan, director of
Community Development for
Washtenaw County, reported to
the council that all shelters have
been open day and night this
week. Callan said Ann Arbor's
Delonis Center, which has a
capacity of 200, has not turned
down anyone to staythere so far.
She added that all shelters have
also loosened their rules on sub-
stance use for those requesting
Logan said the East Quad
damage is more severe than in
Oxford. Radiator pipes in two
houses of Oxford leaked, affect-
ing six rooms and few dozen
students. Oxford rearranged
students within the dormitory
so that students could "stay
within their community." Logan
predicted that recovery will only
take a few days as maintenance
and repairs is already underway.
Logan said that although
these accidents are unfortunate,
there is very little the University
is able to do other than try and
evaluate whether other pipes are
exposed to prevent similar inci-
dents in the future.
"Our concept is conve-
nience and ease for our guests,"
Campeau said. "The idea is that
if you're in a hurry, you can take
a look at our signature sand-
wiches and salads in the refrig-
erated section or you can make
them to order."
Next door, constructors are
working on the Starbucks that
was originally slated to open
in November. There is no new
opening date for the coffee shop.
Au Bon Pain will be open
daily in the Union from 7 a.m. to
10 p.m. and accepts Blue Bucks.
The cafe has a 10-year lease on
Aside from the discussion
over the shelters, the city coun-
cil unanimously passed all old
and new business with minimal
discussion on any item.
The Traverwood Apartments
site plan was approved, as well
as usage of .27 acres of the wet-
lands for the development. The
complex will be comprised of 16
buildings and will be located at
2225 Traverwood Drive.
The council also approved a
plan to bring new restaurants
Briarwood Mall. This site plan
will bring a P.F. Chang's China
Bistro and Bravo Cucina Italiana
to the shopping center. Addi-
tionally, council approved the
Montgomery building site plan,
which would add four floors to
the existing building, along with
a few smaller items.
After minor wording and pen-
alty amendments from council
members Christopher Taylor
(D - Ward 3) and Sally Petersen
(D - Ward 2), the city policy for
removal of on-street metered
parking spaces was approved.
The ordinance requires develop-
ers who remove parking spaces
for new construction to pay a
penalty. According to the leg-
islation text, developers have
removed over 200 parking spac-
es over the past few years, caus-
ing a significant loss in meter
TEMPERATURES others faced canceled flights at
airports across the country.
From Page 1A LSA freshman Spencer Hagler
was one of these students, wait-
vost Martha Pollack asked fac- ing for six hours at New York's
ulty to be flexible with first-day LaGuardia Airport before learn-
attendance and wait-list policies ing his flight was canceled. He
for students experiencing weath- was supposed to leave Monday
er-related delays such as flight evening, and will now fly to
cancellations and poor road con- Detroit Wednesday morning if
ditions. weather permits.
"Please take into consider- Though his first class isn't
ation these unusual circum- until the early afternoon on
stances that are beyond our Wednesday, Hagler said return-
students' control," Pollack wrote. ing to Ann Arbor on time will
Dean of Students Laura Blake also depend on road conditions
Jones sent an e-mail to students and cab service.
Tuesdayevening assuringtravel- "It should be okay," he said.
ers that professors will accom- "But who knows what else will
modate students who cannot go wrong?"
return to campus in time for The National Weather Service
their first class sessions. has issued a wind chill warning
"Some of you are concerned that will remain in affect until
about missing the first day of 7 a.m. Wednesday. With the
class because of weather-related wind chill factored in, tempera-
delays in travel," she wrote. "Stu- tures are expected to drop to
dents will not be dropped from 35 degrees below zero Monday
a class they are unable to attend night and into Tuesday morning.
and will be given any necessary The National Weather Service
class material when they return said this weather event is likely
to campus." the coldest air to hit southeast
Business sophomore Elena Michigan in twenty years.
Contis was stuck on the Los Atmospheric Science Prof.
Angeles International Airport Perry Samson, who teaches a
tarmac for two hours before her course on extreme weather, said
flight to Detroit took off due to the extreme cold is part of a nat-
inclement Michigan weather and ural fluctuation.
a water main break at Detroit Samson said the polar jet
Metropolitan Wayne County stream, which is "a ribbon of
Airport Tuesday afternoon. high-speed air that circum-
Although she made it to Ann navigates the Arctic region" has
Arbor before classes began, Con- developed a wave reaching into
tis said she would worry about North America, causing cold air
missing course material if her to be driven farther south.
flight was cancelled or delayed. "Suchundulations can happen
She said that classes should be anywhere over there northern
postponed until the end of the hemisphere in our winter but,
week. fortunately, don'tusually become
"Regardless of whether or this pronounced," Samson said.
not we get punished for miss- The last time the University
ing classes, we're still going to canceled class due to weather
miss information," Contis said. was in 1978 when 19 inches of
"I don't care about not getting snow covered Ann Arbor.
in trouble; I care about missing University Housing sent out a
potentially important material." travel alert to students, advising
Contis was one of many stu- them to postpone travel back to
dents to face delays before Ann Arbor until Tuesday, when
returning to Michigan, although the "severe winter weather" is
started slightly later than in the
H1N1 past, will likely extend into Feb-
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The University accepts com-
"This is a preventable disease, plex referrals from across the
so peopleshould get vaccinat- region, which may have contrib-
ed," Cinti said. "This is another uted to the high number of criti-
example of what happens when cal cases.
the population doesn't take "That's one of the reasons we
recommendations from public may be seeing more sick patients
health and get vaccinated." is that we are a referral cen-
Although UMHS usually sees ter from all over the state and
several critical flu cases each from other states," Cinti said.
year, Cinti said 12 patients is an "This particular procedure, this
unusual occurrence. In addition, machine is really unique to just a
the flu season is not expected to few centers in the state."
hit its peak for another couple ECMO was used in a similar
of weeks, meaning more cases context in 2009 to treat critical
could be admitted. patients. Although it wasn't orig-
This year's flu season, which inally designed for this purpose,
expected to ease. Still, Hous-
ing opened campus dormitories
and facilities Monday, dispatch-
ing staff to shovel snow off the
walkways, work the dining halls
and let new students move in and
complete their paperwork.
Peter Logan, University Hous-
ing spokesman, said the e-mail
was sent so returning students
would "consider the possibility
of postponing their travels" in
order to avoid the "treacherous
Logan referenced a pipe break
in the East Quadrangle dormito-
ry that resulted in minor flooding
early Sunday. Maintenance staff
was unsure whether or not the
issue was a result of the weather.
In a statement, Rich Robben,
executive director of Plant Oper-
ations, said maintenance crews
are addressing building issues
as they become aware of them.
He also said crews will complete
building sweeps to scope out
problems such as frozen pipes or
The University of Michigan
Health System has committed to
remaining open despite weather
conditions. Officials said in an
e-mail that the hospital plans to
provide transport for essential
staff and cots and food for staff
that serve extra hours during the
storm and following cold weath-
UM-Flint will remain closed
Wednesday, while UM-Dearborn
will resume classes as scheduled.
Though the University's
semester does not begin until
Wednesday, other area institu-
tions with Monday start dates
were forced to cancel classes
Monday and Tuesday in light of
snow and chilling temperatures.
Michigan State University,
Eastern Michigan University
and Grand Valley State Univer-
sity cancelled classes Monday
due to extreme weather condi-
tions. Both EMU and GVSU have
canceled Tuesday classes and
MSU canceled classes Tuesday
through S p.m.
it has been used to successfully
treat a small number of extreme
"By the time you're on ECMO,
you're pretty sick and your
chances of survival or rather
low," Cinti said.
Cinti advises individuals to
take protective measures, such
as staying home if sick, to pre-
vent spreading the flu to other
individuals. UMHS has imple-
mented several reminders and
restrictions for visitors to the
health system to protect healthy
patients at the hospital.
Information from the Univer-
sity Health Service about flu vac-
cination availability can be found
United Arab Emirates expected
to release American man soon
Stocks tick up after
brief New Year slump
Averages rise but
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks ral-
lied Tuesday, ending a slump that
had ushered in the New Year.
The Standard and Poor's 500
index climbed the most in three
weeks, led by gains for health care
stocks. UnitedHealth Group, the
nation's largest health insurer, and
Johnson & Johnson both climbed
on recommendations for brokerage
After three straight declines,
the S&P 500 would have matched
its worst opening of a year since
1978 had it closed lower for a fourth
day. The stock market's slow start
to 2014 contrasts with last year's
S&P 500 climbed to record levels
"To me the trend still looks up,
even though we've been chop-
ping around," said Bill Stone,
chief investment strategist at PNC
Wealth Management Group. The
economy "seems to be in the mode
that you would expect corporate
earnings to continuetogrow"
The S&P 500 rose11.11points, or
0.6 percent, to 1,837.88, the biggest
gain since Dec. 18. Nine of the 10
sectors that make up the index rose.
The Dow Jones industrial aver-
age climbed 105.84 points, or 0.6
percent, to 16,530.94 The Nasdaq
composite gained 39.50 points, or 1
UnitedHealth group gained
$2.27, or 3.1 percent, to $76.51 after
analysts attDeutsche Bank said they
expected the nation's largest health
insurance company to charge cus-
tomers more in premiums thisyear.
Johnson & Johnson climbed
$1.96, or 2.1 percent, to $94.29 after
analysts at RBC Capital raised their
outlook on the stock to "outper-
form," in part due to optimism on
sales of the diabetes drug Invokana.
Investors were also encouraged
by the easy passage in a Senate
vote late Monday of Janet Yellen's
nomination to take the helm at the
Federal Reserve. The vote puts
an economist in the post who has
backed the Fed's recent efforts to
stimulate the economy with low
interest rates and huge bond pur-
The confirmation is a reminder
that the Fed's policiesof stimulating
the economy will likely continue,
said Kristina Hooper, U.S. Invest-
ment Strategist at Allianz Global
"It's just a nice little halo effect,"
Investors will get more insight
into the Fed's thinking when min-
utes from the Federal Open Mar-
ket Committee are released on
Wednesday. The Fed announced
after its last meeting that it would
begin winding down its monthly
$85 billion bond-buying program.
That stimulus was a major support
for last year's rally in stocks.
Minnesota man held
for nine months
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An
American who's been held in the
United Arab Emirates for nine
months in connection with a
satirical online video about youth
culture in Dubai was expected to
be released soon, the U.S. State
Department said Tuesday.
Shezanne Cassim, 29, of
Woodbury, Minn., was arrested
in April, six months after he and
others uploaded their spoof docu-
mentary to the Internet.
The United Arab Emirates-
owned daily, The National, has
said Cassim and his co-defen-
dants were accused of defam-
ing the country's image abroad.
Cassim's supporters said he was
charged with endangering state
security under a 2012 cyber-
crimes law that tightened penal-
ties for challenging authorities.
Cassim has been in the maxi-
mum security prison at Abu
Dhabi since June. In December,
he was convicted and sentenced
to one year in prison, a fine and
Pooja Jhunjhunwala, a State
Department spokeswoman, said
Tuesday that Cassim has been
moved to a deportation facility
"We understand processing
will take a few days at which
point he will be returning to the
United States," she said, adding:
"We continue to work closely
with the UAE authorities to
ensure his quick release."
Cassim's family said Cassim
is out of his cell block and in a
deportation processing section
of the prison. They expect him to
return home this week.
"I can't tell you how relieved
our family is by this turn of
events," Cassim's brother, Sher-
von Cassim, said in a statement.
"We are very excited, and we are
grateful to everyone who worked
to free Shez."
State Department spokes-
woman Jen Psaki said Cassim
has been credited with pre-trial
detention time and given time off
for good behavior.
Rori Donaghy, director of the
London-based Emirates Cen-
ter for Human Rights, said a
defendant's release after serv-
ing three-fourths of a sentence is
Donaghy said Cassim and his
friends never should have been
imprisoned, and the cybercrimes
law needs to be changed, as
authorities have continued to use
it to restrict free speech.
Cassim, a U.S. citizen, was born
in Sri Lanka and moved to Dubai
for work after graduating from
the University of Minnesota in
2006. He became the public face
of the defendants after his family
launched an effort to publicize his
Seven others were convicted
with him in December. Two
Indian defendants received simi-
lar sentences, while two Emi-
rati brothers received lighter
sentences. Donaghy said the Emi-
ratis have been released. Three
others - a Canadian, Briton and
an American - were convicted
and sentenced in absentia. They
have never been detained.
Donaghy said another Emirati
who spoke out in support of the
amateur filmmakers was arrest-
ed and remains imprisoned.
Gulf Arab authorities have
been cracking down on social
media use over the past twoyears,
with dozens of people arrested
across the region for Twitter
posts deemed offensive to lead-
ers or for social media campaigns
urging more political openness.
Cassim's video, titled "Ulti-
mate Combat System: The Deadly
Satwa Gs," is set in the Satwa dis-
trict of Dubai. It is a documentary-
style video that pokes fun at Dubai
youth who styled themselves
"gangstas" but are not particu-
larly thuggish, and shows fictional
"combat" training that includes
throwing a sandal and using a
mobile phone to call for help.
It opens with text saying the
video is fictional and is not meant
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
(D-Minn.), who worked on Cas-
sim's release and pushed to have
his sentence include time served,
said: "Jailing this young man
for months for posting a harm-
less video made absolutely no
sense, especiallyin a country that
prides itself on being a tolerant
and just nation."